Say of the lungs.
The main difference between a fungal infection and a bacterial infection is the cause. While a fungal infection is caused by a fungus, a bacterial infection is caused by a bacterium. Another difference is the requirements of the fungus or bacterium that cause infections. A fungus mainly attacks the cell surface of the skin, whereas a bacterium often enters the digestive system and causes infection.
To determine whether you get a fungal infection or a bacterial infection, your doctor can:
- Look at the affected area and ask your symptoms
- Fungal infections are examined by microscopy. If necessary, a blood test may be prescribed.
- Bacterial infections are often diagnosed through skin samples and blood tests.
Fungal and bacterial infections are also different in their treatment. Bacterial infection requires antibiotics, whereas fungal infection must be treated by fungicide. And very often, doctors prescribe anti-fungal cream like Fugacil or Clotrimazole to treat a fungus.
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